Government and politics

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., center, poses for a photo with Delali Dzirasa after speaking with members of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore in Baltimore, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Cardin, who has served two terms in the U.S. Senate, is facing a Democratic challenger after Chelsea Manning, the transgender former Army intelligence analyst who was convicted of leaking classified documents, confirmed via Twitter on Sunday her intention to run in the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
January 16, 2018 - 4:59 pm
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chelsea Manning's high-profile bid for the U.S. Senate threatens to upend the 2018 Maryland Democratic primary. The former U.S. Army private convicted of leaking over 700,000 classified documents has an uphill battle to defeat Sen. Ben Cardin. But Manning's international fame will...
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Turkey's President and leader of ruling Justice and Development Party Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his lawmakers at the parliament in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Erdogan on Tuesday called on NATO to take a stance against the United States, a fellow ally, over its plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria. Turkey has been threatening to launch a new military offensive in Syria against Syrian Kurdish militias, which Turkey considers to be terrorists because of their affiliation with outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting Turkey.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)
January 16, 2018 - 4:59 pm
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran added its voice to criticism of a U.S. plan to form a new border security force in Syria, saying Tuesday that it will cause more instability and "add flames" to the war-torn country. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said the planned Kurdish-led force will...
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FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The Trump administration is preparing to withhold tens of millions of dollars from the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, cutting the year's first contribution by more than half or perhaps entirely, and making additional donations contingent on major changes to the organization, according to U.S. officials. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
January 16, 2018 - 4:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday cut tens of millions of dollars in money for Palestinian refugees, demanding that the U.N. agency responsible for the programs undertake a "fundamental re-examination," the State Department said. In a letter, the State Department notified the U...
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Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, right, and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, left, listen as Secretary of State for the United States Rex Tillerson speaks during a meeting on North Korea in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. Officials are discussing sanctions, preventing the spread of weapons and diplomatic options. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
January 16, 2018 - 4:47 pm
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on Tuesday for nations to step up the U.S.-led "maximum pressure" campaign against North Korea by thwarting sanctions evasion and interdicting ships conducting illicit trade with the pariah nation. The uncompromising message...
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Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo, in handcuffs, talks as he leaves court Wednesday, Jan.10, 2018, outskirts of Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
January 16, 2018 - 3:56 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said Tuesday that he hoped two Reuters journalists will be freed in conjunction with his visit to Myanmar next week as a member of an international advisory panel seeking to resolve the crisis in the country. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were...
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FILE - This Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, shows the exterior of the Trump International Hotel in downtown Washington. More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used to influence the president. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
January 16, 2018 - 3:53 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 60 groups, including foreign governments, political campaigns and business organizations, spent money at Trump-branded properties across the U.S. last year, according to a report Tuesday by a watchdog group that has long been critical of how such spending could be used...
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Riot police officers stand guard outside the Fresnes prison during a demonstration about long-running complaints by penitentiary staff, in Fresnes, outside Paris, Tuesday Jan.16, 2018. Penitentiary staff blocked several prisons in France after the report of a knife wielding inmate attacking people at a high-security prison in northern France.(AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
January 16, 2018 - 2:58 pm
PARIS (AP) — French prison guards protested outside scores of jails across the country Tuesday for the second day in a row, demanding more security, more staff and safer handling of violent inmates. Protesters bellowing the national anthem shouted down Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet as she...
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New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy walks out of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart following a prayer service for him, Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Newark, N.J. New Jersey's next governor is kicking off a series of events leading to his inauguration. Murphy and Lt. Gov.-elect Sheila Oliver plan to visit various towns on Saturday to promote opportunities for transit. Events are planned on Sunday and Monday before they are sworn into office at the War Memorial in Trenton on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
January 16, 2018 - 12:00 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former Wall Street executive and Obama administration diplomat was sworn in as New Jersey's governor Tuesday, replacing Republican Gov. Chris Christie and returning full control of state government to Democrats. Phil Murphy, 60, succeeds Christie after two terms and promises...
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President Donald Trump with first lady Melania Trump waves as he returns to the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. Trump spent the holiday weekend at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
January 16, 2018 - 11:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the fallout over President Donald Trump's use of a vulgarity bleeds into a second week, aides to the president are locked in an internal debate over which version of the word the president used to describe certain countries during immigration talks with senators. Trump was said...
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January 16, 2018 - 10:50 am
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has rejected her expulsion from the governing party as illegal, saying she will appeal the decision. The Unity Party's executive committee voted Saturday to expel the 79-year-old president, accusing her of violating the party's...
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